Simulation software developer MSC.Software has released a version of Linux that combines PCs into clusters which it claims offers supercomputer-class performance.
MSC.Linux offers extended memory, large files, high-performance data transfer and cluster tools through a web-based interface. A beta version of MSC.Linux can be downloaded at www.msclinux.com and the commercial version will be released in the first quarter of 2001.
Jay Clark, MSC's director of marketing and business development, said: "With MSC.Linux underlying the design and simulation software products, we will help customers to run analyses in a supercomputing environment."
The software will be aimed at current users in the aerospace and automotive industries and MSC will also begin pushing the tool into the pharmaceutical sector.
The company recently implemented a Hewlett Packard-based Linux cluster running on Intel processors at Dana, which supplies parts to the car industry. "The next few years will see dramatic changes in automotive technology and this will help drive our growth," said Jun Yoshioka, chief engineer at Dana.
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